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Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA)

Pre-Conference Event

Tuesday 9 July (PM) - Wednesday 10 July (AM)
University of Liverpool

Researching Ageing Beyond Academia

The annual pre-conference Emerging Researchers in Ageing event is aimed at students, early career researchers, and established researchers or practitioners who might be transitioning to ageing research. This year's theme is Researching Ageing Beyond Academia, and the session will focus on the opportunities for and pathways to research positions or collaborations for gerontologists outside of academia.

The aim of the ERA pre-BSG annual conference event is to provide the space and opportunity for emerging researchers in ageing to experience meaningful participation and active engagement with their peers. The ERA event is your chance to talk with and listen to your peers, to share ideas and issues, and to practise presenting your research. It is an opportunity for reflection within a supportive environment.

Key Deadlines & Actions

Thursday 24 January 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline
(ERA Pre-Conference Event and BSG 2019)
Thursday 28 March 2019
Abstract Notification Closes
(ERA Pre-Conference Event and BSG 2019)
Wednesday 1 May 2019
Early Bird Registration Deadline

Tuesday 9 July 13:30-15:30

Call for Papers: Developing your Elevator Pitch

Presentations will be in the format of ’rapid fire presentations’- giving an opportunity for early career researchers to present their research to their peers in a concise and engaging way. Posters will be in the form of infographics. This will give you the opportunity to visually present your research in an eye-catching

Abstracts will be accepted on any theme related to ageing or ageing populations. Both posters and presentations will be judged by a panel.


Tuesday 9 July 15:30 onwards

Networking event

An opportunity for new and existing ERA members to meet up in an informal environment (a local pub) ahead of the main conference. The Networking Event will be at attendees’ own expense for food and drink.


Wednesday 10 July 09:30 – 11:30

Opportunities and pathways to employment beyond the University

This panel discussion will explore the range of employment opportunities for gerontological researchers beyond the traditional focus of University research and teaching posts. The realities of the current academic funding system mean that secure research positions in Universities are becoming increasingly rare. On the other hand, both private and public-sector organisations are waking up to the need to better understand our ageing population. This is creating new opportunities for early career researchers who are interested in working outside of the University system. We will hear from speakers from different organisations (private sector, public sector and 3rd sector)] about the job opportunities within their organisations and the skills that they are looking for.


Abstract Submission

If you would like the opportunity to present your research (either poster or presentation) at the ERA conference, you are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words with sufficient detail to allow the ERA Committee to judge the merit of the submission. Presentations will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 9 July. The abstracts can be on any theme related to ageing or ageing populations from any discipline and should highlight your research.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the ERA Committee

  • Name and affiliation. (name, affiliation, position, contact information)
  • Presentation Title
  • Abstracts word limit is 250 words
  • Keywords (max 3)

Abstracts should be sent as an attachment and emailed to by Thursday 24th January 2019. A confirmation of receipt email will be sent to you soon after your submission.

Register for conference as early as possible (free to BSG Members, £60 to non-members). You are very welcome to attend the ERA Event even if you are not attending BSG 2019. Accommodation for the evening of Tuesday 9th July can be booked during the registration process, see the Accommodation page of the website for more details.